On December 18, 2012, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers recognized the driver of a maroon 1995 Chevrolet Lumina, Daremiah Lajai Gibson, 30, of Wright City, MO, who had several active felony warrants for his arrest. When the troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensued westbound on Interstate 70, near the Montgomery and Warren County line. As the pursuit neared the Montgomery City exit, troopers observed a small child in the vehicle and the ground pursuit was terminated. A Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft was in the area and continued visual contact with the vehicle as it continued westbound on I-70. A short time later, the vehicle stopped and an adult female and a small child exited. Troopers made contact with the exiting subjects while other troopers continued to follow the vehicle westbound.
Once again, troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point another pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued westbound on I-70 where several attempts were made to deploy spike strips. The vehicle exited I-70 at the Lake of the Woods exit and turned onto several outer roads, eventually leading back to U.S. Highway 63 where it continued northbound. The Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft continued to follow the vehicle northbound, into Randolph, Macon, and Shelby counties.
In Shelby County, the vehicle traveled onto county roads where it eventually ran out of gas on County Road 315, near Missouri Route MM. The aircraft pilot advised troopers of the vehicle's location, and they subsequently took the driver into custody without further incident at 12:10 p.m.
The driver, Daremiah Lajai Gibson, was taken into custody for felony probation and parole warrant; felony Warren County warrant for fraud; felony Lincoln County warrant for bad checks; and Franklin County warrant for driving while revoked. Various traffic charges are pending.
Gibson is being held at the Shelby County Jail. The charges for which Gibson has been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.